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E-Resources: Copyright and Licensing Restrictions

Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.

Copyright Restrictions

All Harvard users must respect the copyrights in works that are accessible through computers connected to the Harvard network. No copyrighted work may be copied, published, disseminated, displayed, performed or played without permission of the copyright holder except in accordance with fair use or licensed agreement. This includes music, movies and other copyrighted material. Harvard may terminate the network access of users who are found to have repeatedly infringed the copyright of others. Students with questions about copyrights or this policy are invited to raise those questions with any dean, tutor or academic officer. Staff supervisors and members of the Faculty are welcome to call the University's Office of General Counsel.

Licensing Restrictions

Licensed electronic resources are restricted to members of the Harvard community and to on-site users of Harvard's libraries for purposes of research, teaching, and private study. Under Harvard's licenses for electronic resources, users generally may not:

  • permit anyone other than authorized users to use the licensed materials
  • modify or create a derivative work of the licensed materials without the permission of the licensor
  • remove, obscure or modify any copyright or other notices included in the licensed materials
  • use the licensed materials for commercial purposes, including but not limited to the sale of the licensed materials
  • reproduce or redistribute licensed materials in bulk or in a systematic way
  • post content or items from the licensed materials to social networking sites